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Agriculture

  • Farm calendar - April 12, 2017

    Pork Producers

    The LaRue County Pork Producers will meet on at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 17 at the LaRue County Extension Office.

  • Time to cut some grass

    The smell of fresh cut grass wafting through the neighborhood is one of the surest signs of spring. If you can catch a break in between sneezes, and you haven’t already mowed your grass, it’s probably time to crank up the mower and give your yard a much needed haircut.

    Pay special attention to mowing heights as you mow and be aware that cutting at proper heights can greatly improve the health of your lawn. Also, please remember that riding lawnmowers only have one seat for a reason. They should only have one passenger.

  • Time your snacks right for exercising

     Make sure your body is properly fueled for a workout, but avoid mindless snacking. If you start to exercise low on fuel, you could end up feeling weak and run out of steam.

    However, unnecessary snacking before a workout may make exercise uncomfortable and add calories you don’t need, counteracting the calorie burn of your physical activity.

  • Farm calendar - April 5, 2017

    Eden Shale Field Day

    The Kentucky Beef Network will be hosting a Fenceline Feeding System field day at Eden Shale Farm at 10 a.m. on Thursday April 6. They will be discussing five different feeding system designs, sight selection, installation procedures, and they will have cattle actively using them so you can see how each one is functioning. Matt Springer, UK Wildlife Extension Specialist, will also be there to talk about how to manage black buzzard populations on your farm.

    “Hort Short” Gardening Series

  • Soil testing helps protect water sources

    How much fertilizer do you really need to use on your lawn and garden? If you’re just making a guess, you could be using too much. But how can you know for sure?

    A simple soil test can tell you all you need to know to make your lawn and garden look great and to protect the environment from runoff of excess nutrients.

  • Ragland helps celebrate Ag Literacy Day
  • Spring wild turkey season preview

    Spring turkey hunting is slipping into position before daybreak and sitting still as the sun eases over the hills.

    It is breaking the silence with a call and getting a response that sends a shock of excitement down your spine. It is coaxing a love-struck gobbler closer and keeping your wits as it struts into range.

  • Farm calendar - March 29, 2017

    “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series

    LaRue County “Hort Shorts” Gardening Series started on March 20 at the LaRue County Extension Office. The first class was on Growing Strawberries in LaRue County. Other scheduled classes include Gardening with Tomato, Peppers, and Eggplants on March 27, Straw Bale Gardening on April 3, and Growing Melons on April 10.

  • Managing frost damage in Kentucky’s alfalfa stands

    First, it is important to understand that determining the temperature that alfalfa stands were exposed to during a frost event is less than exact science. 

    Air temperature reported by local news stations likely use data logged at a weather station that was installed according to National Weather Service guidelines.  These guidelines state that sensors should be installed on level terrain, away from paved or concrete surfaces and upright structures, four to six feet above the soil surface, and in a radiation shield. 

  • LaRue 4-Hers attend Teen Summit

    LaRue County 4-H was represented at the State 4-H Teen Summit held recently at the Lake Cumberland Leadership Center.

    The state wide 4-H conference provides leadership opportunities for 6th through 8th graders.  Participants attended workshops and funshops during the Thursday through Saturday event.